VIDEO: Boulder’s Bear Alert: Mama Bear & Cubs Spotted in North Boulder
Bear alerts in North Boulder around 24th and Iris have been issued as residents and onlookers reported a heartwarming sight of a bear and her cubs playing in the area. The community was delighted to witness this rare event, with 9News capturing the heartwarming moment on video. It’s a reminder of the importance of coexisting with wildlife and respecting their habitats. Local authorities have advised residents to exercise caution, keeping a safe distance and securing their trash to ensure the bears’ safety and that of the community. Such moments serve as a beautiful reminder of the rich biodiversity that thrives in Boulder, highlighting the need for responsible wildlife management and preservation efforts.
Here are some safety tips when dealing with black bears:
- Secure Your Garbage: Use bear-resistant trash cans or dumpsters, and avoid leaving garbage out overnight.
- Remove Attractants: Store bird feeders, pet food, and compost in secure containers.
- Keep a Safe Distance: If you encounter a bear, stay at least 100 yards away and avoid getting between a mother bear and her cubs.
- Make Noise: Announce your presence by talking, clapping, or using bear bells while hiking to avoid surprising a bear.
- Hiking and Camping: Keep a clean campsite, store food in bear-proof containers, and cook away from sleeping areas.
- Car Safety: Bears might be drawn to the smell of food in your vehicle, so lock your car and don’t leave food inside.
- Respect Their Space: Never feed bears or approach them for a closer look. Admire them from a safe distance.
- Use Bear Spray: Carry bear spray in bear-prone areas and know how to use it effectively.
- Travel in Groups: Hike or recreate with others, as bears are less likely to approach larger groups.
- Educate Yourself: Learn about bear behavior and what to do in case of an encounter.
These safety tips are essential for minimizing potential conflicts between humans and black bears while ensuring the well-being of both. Remember that respecting these magnificent animals and their natural habitats is vital for the safety of all involved.